Final Audio Story

Yay! With all of your fantastic advice, I think this finally turned out the way that I was hoping it would. The draft was a little bit rusty, so I appreciate the feedback and helpful advice! One thing that I was really “iffy” on with the draft was not having an introduction. I intentionally did this at first because I follow a few individuals on Instagram who host podcasts, and they do short snippets of their podcasts on Instagram. Well one thing that I noticed was it was normally just a piece of the podcast, something to hook or gauge the audience’s interest, but the majority of them didn’t include an introduction. The only thing that I can think of was different, was that they had a visual (video) with it, so that helped a little bit. It’s a little different with an audio story. So, I agree 100% with you all that the introduction and conclusion to my podcast snippet, makes it more intriguing, and it lets the listeners know where to go if they want to follow along to the entire podcast.

Let’s dive in a little bit to learn how I made the edits to this final audio story. I took what I originally had (the 17 min interview) and added the intro to the draft story. There really wasn’t much editing here besides cutting out a few awkward pauses, but I placed that in front of what I originally had in the rough draft. I then went ahead and “split” the music, using the razor tool, and toned down the music where the piano came in. Like each of you said, it was a little distracting with the volume. The reason that I had to split the clip before turning down the volume, was that I didn’t want to lower the volume in the beginning. It already starts out quiet, so I didn’t want to make it even more quiet. So, by splitting the clip, it helped me tone down the volume in the right places.

After turning down the volume, I went ahead and cut the beginning of the clip where I say “looking back on your big day…”, there was a little bit of a glitch there, so I used the razor tool and went ahead and removed that. By the way, I just learned that in the bottom right hand corner, you can zoom in (left to right) to get those small glitches cut out to perfection. BEST THING EVER! Can’t believe I didn’t realize this sooner, I guess that’s what happens when you’re a total noob to Adobe products. This made life A LOT easier.

Lastly, I didn’t have a very good conclusion, or “next steps” portion in the original interview with Adrian. So, I went ahead and used voice memos on my phone to create my own. I was a little concerned that the volume would be funky, but I think it turned out well. I wanted to make it casual, without being too awkward (which I sometimes struggle with). I wanted to include follow up steps like, where to find the full podcast, and asking the audience what they would like to hear on the future podcasts. Are there questions that they have that they would like answered? I recorded this all on my phone and added it to the end of the original draft, and it seemed to fit pretty well!

Other than that, the only other edits I made were a few minor edits to the “umms” and awkward pauses. I hope you like the way it turned out! Again, thank you so much for your help!

-Makael

Audio Story Draft

Alright friends! Here it is. The draft that took me entirely too long because I was unsure of what I wanted to do, but I think that I finally figured it out! As most of you know, my topic this semester is based upon an imaginary wedding venue, that I someday hope to own. Owning a wedding venue has been a dream of mine for many years, and most importantly, I’ve always wanted to have a “one-stop shop” where brides can come, drink a mimosa, walk around and just feel relieved knowing that everything is in one place. The way I see it, is that we will take care of it for you, from floral, to booking the DJ, photographer and more. Here at Veiled with Love, we got your back, and we will most definitely make sure you feel the love on your wedding day.

My research consisted of watching a lot of interview videos, I considered a promotional video, but realized that I didn’t like the way that my voice sounded, I then came across podcasts and I really liked the casual feel for them. For this particular project, I decided to do my audio story interviewing someone who has been through the wedding process already. I wanted to highlight the fact that, planning weddings are stressful. This leads back to my point on why it’s beneficial to have a wedding venue that can take that stress off your shoulders for you. I asked my friend a few questions about things that she absolutely loved about her wedding day, the stressors, and what she would have done differently. Now, I know podcasts are usually longer, but for this particular project I thought it would be cool to do a “sneak peek” of the podcast. Something to gain my audience’s attention, and then get them to watch the full podcast on my website. This full podcast would include wedding advice, do’s and don’ts, based on my friend’s responses. These are types of things that would be helpful for brides as they are planning their own wedding, being able to get this advice from your venue alone and hear from those who have already been through it, there’s a lot of benefit in that alone.

My “sneak peek” interview podcast is a little over a minute long. I didn’t want to give too much detail to where my audience wouldn’t want to listen to the whole thing, so I decided on just a little snippet. I ended up cutting out a few of the awkward pauses and blending them in and I was contemplating on putting in background music, and I ended up doing it. It seemed like it was missing something without the music, and it was a little awkward. I ended up using “Over the Rainbow” by the Piano Guys. Full disclosure, I’m actually obsessed with a lot of their songs, so I had already bought this one a few years ago on iTunes, and I think it worked well for this project.

I’ll admit, this one was a little bit harder for me than the others. I would love to hear any feedback that you have! Thanks for reading along and stay tuned for the final project in the coming weeks.

Unedited Raw Interview: 

Edited Sneak Peek Interview: